SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Historically, the Harrisonburg Turks have been a member of the ever-changing Valley Baseball League for many, many decades. The Turks have won several fists full of championships. And they had the circuit’s best record here in 2013.
[cleeng_content id="278138189" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]The Charles Town Cannons are just-removed from Luray and under first-year ownership.
On July 10 at Sager Field behind Jefferson High School, the Turks maintained their hold on the league’s best record when they helped themselves to unearned runs in a 6-4 win over the Cannons and dealt no-hit pitcher Adam Parks a rare loss.
Charles Town had immediate fielding troubles in the first inning where its multiple errors helped the Turks take a lead they would never give back.
Once behind, the Cannons needed runless pitching from Parks and anybody that might be summoned to replace him. They didn’t get it and the loss they took kept them from advancing on division-leading Woodstock.
Parks made it through five tougher-than-usual innings, leaving having allowed seven hits and three earned runs. He walked three and only fanned four.
Charles Town’s last two relievers – Connor McClain and Steven McClellan – fared very well, combining for three innings and yielding no hits while walking only one and fanning four.
Cody Hoffner had a rare Charles Town home run and Eli Marrero had a double and two RBIs.
But Harrisonburg pitching racked up 14 strikeouts against the Charles Town lineup. The Turks piled up a combined seven strikeouts against three of the Cannons’ .300-plus hitters — Matt Durst, Waldyvan Estrada and Hoffner.
The loss was the beginning of what would become a three-game losing skid for the Cannons and leave them at .500 overall with a 17-17 record.
Losses on Saturday and Sunday left the Cannons tied for second with Aldie, which was 15-15, and 3.5 games behind the North Division leader, Woodstock.
The Cannons aren’t scheduled to play on Thursday and then postponed Friday’s scheduled home game until Sunday, July 21, at 5 p.m. They lost games on both Saturday and Sunday.
Harrisonburg had won another game. And it was against one of the league’s most effective pitchers. Charles Town hadn’t fielded well. And its batters had struck out 14 times in managing only five hits and coaxing four walks.[/cleeng_content]